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Horses of the Month for 2018

June 2018

The British Riding Pony


Horse of the month for June 2018
(Salvandi Nice & Easy is shown here in 2008 –
The Photograph was provided by the British Riding Pony Association)


The British Riding Pony is a breed of pony developed in the 1920’s beginning with crossing a Welsh and Dartmore breeds. The ponies height varies between 12.2 and 14.2 hands. The examples of the breed are quite refined and are easily trained for the hunter show ring.

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May 2018

Einsiedler/Swiss –Warmblood

Horse of the month for May 2018
http://www.horsebreedspictures.com/swiss-warmblood-einsiedler.asp

The Benedictine Monastery of Einsiedeln, Switzerland 10th century, is the origin of the Einsiedler/Swiss –Warmblood. It was at this monastery where it was first bred. The official stud book for this breed first began in 1655 and in the 19th century a Yorkshire Coach Horse and Anglo Norman mares were brought in to improve the breed. At an average of 16 hands and 1500lbs.

These beautiful horses are easy to train, alert and have a gentle manner. Their coloring covers a large range; chestnut, bay, buckskin, roan, black, grullo, gray, dun, buckskin, champagne, cremello, palomino and an occasional paint. This bred is known for good conformation and sound athletic abilities.

Originally the Einsiedler was used as cavalry horses and they now grace the jumping and dressage show rings, endurance sports events and are enjoyed in recreational riding. The Einsiedler/Swedish Warmblood is bred and raised at the Federal Stud located in Avenches of Switzerland and branded with a Swiss cross for identification.

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April 2018

American Quarter Horse – Trail

Horse of the month for April 2018
Susan Johns of Paradise Valley was named a trails champion at the
2017 AQHA Select World Championship Show in Amarillo, Texas. (Submitted photo)


Lopin For A Chex, a 2007 AQH gelding sired by “Lazy Loper” and out of “She Bee A Chex,” loves to perform.
At the 2017 AQHA Select World Championship Show in Amarillo, Texas he claimed the world championship
and reserve world championship titles in trail. This good looking bay is owned by Susan Johns of Paradise Valley.

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March 2018

Hanovarian Brentina

Horse of the month for March 2018
Photo courtesy of SusanJStickle.com/USEF Archive
http://www.horsestarhalloffame.org/inductees/3/brentina.aspx


Brentina a Hanoverian mare, owned by Peggy and Parry Thomas and her rider Debbie McDonald
made dressage history, in fact a number of times.

This 16-2 hand, chestnut Hanoverian mare and Ms. McDonald became the first U.S. equestrian double gold medalist at the Pan American Games since 1983.  In 2002 they received a team silver medal and finished fourth individually, World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain.

At the 2003 FEI World Cup Final, in Gothenburg, Sweden,
Brentina became the first American horse to win the FEI World Cup Final.

The dynamic pair took third at the 2005 World Cup Final in Las Vegas. At the 2004 Olympic Games Brentina and Debbie lead the U.S. team to a bronze medal and took fourth individually.  And, she wrapped up her historical career by representing the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong. Brentina was named the inaugural USEF Horse of the Year in 2005 and inducted into the Roemer Foundation USDF Hall of Fame in 2009. A dressage program was named in her honor. https://www.usdf.org/halloffame/inductees/profiles/Brentina.asp

And quoting Debbie McDonald, "I have never had a horse that was willing to come to work every single day, I give that mare the credit. What she gives on a daily basis is amazing."

Horse of the month for March 2018
https://worldcuplv2015.wordpress.com/category/dressage/page/2/

Horse of the month for March 2018
Nancy Jaffer/For The Star-Ledger
Debbie McDonald and Brentina at the 2006 World Equestrian Games


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February 2018

The Arabian Horse

A breed that is over 5,000 years old and is known as the oldest breed recorded has carried kings, royals and equine enthusiasts through war, celebrations and world sporting events. The Bedouins, a desert tribe in the Arabian Peninsula were the first to domesticated this breed and to this day they have kept is breed old horse as purebred Arabian. In keeping with tradition many purebred Arabian names begin with ‘Bint’ or “Ibn”. These prefixes are rough translations for the Bedouin words for ‘daughter of’ or ‘son of’.

The Arabian Horse Unique Characteristics:
  • 14 hands and 15.2 hands & weigh from 800 lbs to 1000 lbs.
  • Arabian horses of Polish, Russian and Anglo bloodlines exceed 15.3.
  • Black skin underneath their coats, except underneath any white hair.
  • One less vertebra than other breeds of horses.
  • Coat colors: grey, bay, chestnuts, blacks, and roan.
  • Dished face, arching neck and wide intelligent eyes.
  • Gaits: “floating” - forward movement.
  • Purebred Arabians bloodlines are used to refine any bred. Selective breeding insures that certain bloodlines retain the size and type they were selected for. Certain breeds will keep their fine boned, while others are more substantially built.
A terrific sports horse and no challenge is to great. The purebred Arabian and the breeds that carry the Arabian genes are excellent competitors in Dressage, Hunters- on flat /over jumps, Endurance, Driving, Western events and week-end trail rides.

Purebred Arabian Stallion

Horse of the month for February 2018
Photo Courtesy: http://www.ajmanstud.com/home.php#!/horse/gender=stallion&horse=a.s.-natsir-apal&id=393

A.S. Natsir-Apal, IBN ESTASHA x SASKIA RJ 
2005 Reserve Champion Stallion, Ajman & 2006 First Place Stallions Nine Years Old and Over, Dubai.


Examples of Arabian Bloodlines Refining Selected Breeds

Polish Arabian Filly

Horse of the month for February 2018
Photo Courtesy: https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2016/02/23/support-grows-leading-polish-arabian-figures-sacked-state/#Up1uHuRIWBvSJk6w.99

Two-year-old filly Piacolla fetched €305,000 at the Pride of Poland sale in 2014 for Michałów Stud.


Russian Arabian Stallion

Horse of the month for February 2018
Photo Courtesy: https://fi.pinterest.com/pin/770889661187548478/?lp=true

KAMELOT (RU) 22.2.2000  Bay Straight Russian Arabian stallion. Anchar {Moment x Nutria by Topol} x Kameia {Mastak x Kaya by Semen} Bred by Khrenovoe State.


Thoroughbred & Anglo Arab Stallion

Horse of the month for February 2018
Photo Courtesy: http://stallionai.co.uk/stallions/future-gravitas/

Future Gravitas’ sire is the only horse in history to qualify for all 3 Bundeschampionats – in Eventing, Show jumping &Dressage.  He has more than 50% thoroughbred & Anglo Arab blood & demonstrates outstanding movement, a scopey effortless jump & an incredibly cool and trainable temperament.

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January 2018

Horse of the month for January 2018
Nifty Hamilton and Makari Design (Picsofyou.com)
https://www.uset.org/hamilton-makari-design-maintain-strong-lead-marathon-phase-2017
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2017 USEF Single Horse Combined Driving National Championship
 at the Kentucky Classic CDE
Nifty Hamilton (Alva, Fla.) and Makari Design, a nine-year-old KWPN gelding owned by herself and Milton Hamilton, completed the cones course with 2.85 penalty points. Hamilton secured the title of national champion with a combined score of 143.31 points after the dressage, marathon, and cones phases. http://horsesdaily.com/article/nifty-hamilton-crowned-2017-usef-single-horse-combined-driving-national-champion

Horse of the month for January 2018
Nifty Hamilton and Makari Design (Picsofyou.com)
https://www.uset.org/hamilton-leads-first-day-competition-2017-usef-single-horse-combined-driving-national-championship/










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